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Posted: 31 January 2013 07:50 PM   [ Ignore ]
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A few words have been added to the free items’ page:

FREE for Platinum Club or FREE with purchase
of any other product from the store.

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Posted: 31 January 2013 07:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I have also noticed the trend of not getting sale prices unless you buy a featured item first, hope this isn’t the new way as it will curb my spending big time.

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Posted: 31 January 2013 08:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Some free things have always been part of the platinum perks. Now I believe they have at least one big plat freebie a month but that has been happening for several months now.

The free with purchase products are often directly related to or add ons for the product that. Most of the time they are not even usable without the original product.

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Posted: 31 January 2013 08:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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edit: nevermind

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Posted: 01 February 2013 06:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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That’s not a “little” change.  That’s the single most effective thing DAZ could possibly do to discourage new users.  I can say for certain that if the freebies hadn’t actually been free two years ago, I wouldn’t be spending far too much of my money on 3D content now.

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Posted: 01 February 2013 08:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Quote from newsletter

Another change you will see in the coming week is that our Weekly Freebies will now only be free with the purchase of another item - to everyone BUT Platinum Club Members. These Freebies will continue to be free to you without any additional purchases.

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Posted: 01 February 2013 08:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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NOT a change for the better.
Glad I’m still a PC member.

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Posted: 01 February 2013 10:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Sigh….....very, VERY disappointing…...but given DAZ’s recent history of bad decisions (the new forums, the current store layout, replacing the old coupons with the new, limited vouchers, the lack of galleries, etc, etc….), I can’t say I’m completely surprised….

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Posted: 01 February 2013 11:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Murgatroyd - 01 February 2013 06:36 PM

That’s not a “little” change.  That’s the single most effective thing DAZ could possibly do to discourage new users.  I can say for certain that if the freebies hadn’t actually been free two years ago, I wouldn’t be spending far too much of my money on 3D content now.

...if “freebies” required a cash money purchase of another product when I started in this, I probably wouldn’t have bothered with 3D at all.  For months I existed pretty much on freebie content as I evaluated whether or not this was something I would like to continue to the point of sinking my hard earned money into it.

This is not a good thing and I agree, a discouragement to newcomers.

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Posted: 01 February 2013 11:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Im not really surprised either… sad to say.


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Posted: 01 February 2013 11:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Of course what is interesting in The Freebies section is the fact that DAZ Studio 4.5 Pro has the scratched off price of $249.95. It is the only item in that section that does list an official retail amount.

So, is it software for sale once more (soon) or a ‘perk’ of being a PC Member? IF I recall correctly, there was no price listed for a while beyond the $0.00, but I noticed this some few days ago. Then again, just one purchase grants you a freebie…if it remains there. Hexagon and Bryce didn’t no matter that $19.95 is still peanuts for software.

Hum…

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Posted: 02 February 2013 02:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I’ve been keeping track of the Weekly Freebies since April 2012.  Considering they are regular store products, DAZ has given away $513.75 worth of content the past 10 months.  I will be the first one to admit that I have been acquiring all of the weekly freebies since I’ve been keeping track, only because they are regular store items.  Are there other sites that gives away regular store content for free?

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Posted: 02 February 2013 03:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I can’t say I’m honestly surprised to see this change, and it’s clear it was done to promote spending rather than having people rely on handouts. Perhaps its a sign that times are tough and Daz is feeling the pinch just as much as the rest of us. To be fair, as illustrated above, they’ve given away hundreds of dollars worth of goods, to say nothing of the fact that some of their software products like Daz Studio are still being offered for free currently. As much as I love freebies, I respect that they need our money to survive as a business, and in these tough times some sacrifices need to be made.

Making the freebies ‘free’ with an additional purchase is actually a pretty smart move in terms of psychology. It promotes sales while still offering items as a bonus. That it remains free to PC members also gently nudges more people towards platinum memberships, which in turn helps them turn a profit. I don’t pretend to know the inner workings of Daz 3D’s financial situation, but It’s hard to imagine quite how they’re sustaining themselves on the content sales alone. Especially with all the crazy sales they’ve had lately!

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Posted: 02 February 2013 04:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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The free with purchase products are often directly related to or add ons for the product that. Most of the time they are not even usable without the original product.

DAZ3D weekly freebies very rarely require any other item to function. They can be complimentary to some other release but 99% of them are standalone things. Considering that PC members will get them without a need of purchase, I don’t expect this to change.

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Posted: 02 February 2013 04:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Kattey, If you had bothered to look at the time stamp before quoting me you would realize it was posted on the 31st. Well before the notice went out. At the time the only frequently occurring freebies that required a purchase had been add on products and mostly for PA products. I was not in fact referring to an announcement that had not yet been made to me.

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Posted: 02 February 2013 05:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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I wonder how it will be set up, really. Will it be 1 for 1? In other words, if I want to download Daz|Studio, I need to buy 1 thing. If I want to download the Autofit, i need to purchase another. Mill Cat LE? A third. Create Fiery Genesis? A fourth.. PFE? AniMate Sampler?
I could see this getting messy fast :/ I was recently changing my Poser format files all over to DS format, simply because the program was accessible to anyone, and I remember when Daz was all about Tellware, tell your friends, bring out the artist in everyone.. I can’t send over a new person now, and say “Check out the free versions, and the free stuff..get a handle on it, it’s not too hard really..” and have them get hooked anymore.
*sigh* Is Daz secretly under new management or something?  With all the odd changes, the payment/website/design/CC problems, removal of galleries and now removal of true freebies, it almost feels like we’re in the middle of a sloppy acquisition or something. Blah.
Next Up, let’s see if they start charging for the Genesis Essential’s download instead of giving it away with DS. Why not? It’s become a popular character in it’s own right.

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